“….Nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.1”
When an entity with the power of eminent domain wants to acquire private property for public use, that entity, as well as the owners of interests in the property to be acquired, enter into an area that is poorly understood by most. Many property owners are unpleasantly surprised to learn that their property can be taken from them. At Blake|Austin, our attorneys, including a nationally recognized leader in this field, understand the process of condemnation thoroughly. Our attorneys are experienced in representing clients in condemnation cases across the state, including representation of owners in the path of the Transcanada Keystone pipeline projects.
From the initial planning stages as to whether to acquire private property for a public project, selecting the location, good faith negotiations, valuation, board of appraisers and jury trial, and potential appeal process, we have the experienced attorneys to guide the client through this process. We know how to protect your property rights, and we will fight for your rights. If a taking of your property can be stopped, we can lead the fight to stop it. If it is a matter of obtaining the best deal or obtaining truly “just” compensation, we are here to represent you.
The Owners Counsel of America is comprised of the most experienced condemnation lawyers in America. Attorneys are elected to the Counsel and limited to one per state. Bill Blake is honored to have been selected to serve as the OCA member for Nebraska and is a member of Counselors of Real Estate (CRE).
The American Bar Association Litigation Section, Condemnation Committee website, contains various cases, comments and developments in condemnation, and was formerly edited by Mr Blake.
Bill was the Editor of the prestigious “The Law of Eminent Domain” published by the First Chair Press for the American Bar Association in 2012. https://shop.americanbar.org/eBus/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=214929